Let us know of your sincere interest in Oxy and we’ll let you know your decision a lot sooner than late March...
We offer two rounds of Early Decision (ED I and ED II) for first-year applicants who are passionate about Oxy and confident that they want to join our incoming class.
What you need to know:
- ED is binding (unlike “early admission” or “early action”), and it means that if admitted, you will enroll at Oxy and withdraw all other applications you initiated with other colleges.
- A completed ED application includes a signed Early Decision Agreement (available on the Common App) with signatures from a parent/guardian and a counselor.
- ED decisions come in three forms: admit, deny, and defer. We know you are very serious about Oxy if you apply ED, so the majority of our decisions are definitive and fall into the admit or deny arenas. A decision to defer a student to the Regular Decision pool is carefully weighed and based upon our desire to see further information (e.g., grade reports) in the context of our overall applicant pool.
- If admitted ED, you will receive your preliminary Financial Aid information with your offer. (Just be sure to learn how financial aid works and complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile by the appropriate financial aid deadlines.)
- Other than the application and financial aid deadlines, there’s no difference between ED I or ED II. (We want you to have the opportunity to learn as much about Oxy as possible, so whether you fall in love with us before Nov. 15 or between then and Jan. 1 is up to you!)
Early Decision I – Apply by Nov.15 and hear by mid-December
Early Decision II – Apply by Jan. 1 and hear by early February